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Rotary Books for the World - Update
Category: Literacy | By RotaryGlobal, 21-May-2012 | Viewed 16562  Comments 0
Rotary Books for the World
Here is an update as of May 2012 of Rotary Books for the World. Books for the World ships textbooks, reference books, and library books which are discarded by schools, libraries, and individuals to Rotarian operated distribution facilities in selected developing countries.  The criteria for selection are simply need and the ability to clear customs without charge adhering to the ethical principles of Rotary.  The containers are purchased and provided to a local Rotary Club as a gift to be converted into a library, classroom, clinic, etc.  The reason for purchasing the container is to avoid rental charges while the container is being unloaded by volunteers.  Moving and sorting the volume of books in a container can take weeks to months.

The project is currently going strong. We recently got a brief update from Rev. Barbara Clemmons, a member of the USA team:

"We have recently shipped our first container to Namibia, also to Pakistan, Ghana, and Guyana.  We also plan to ship to Lebanon in the near future.  It will be interesting to see what happens in those places.  Pakistan, Namibia, and Ghana have already asked for a second container."

256_293114715_4.jpgNamibia has a population of 2.1 million people and a stable multi-party parliamentary democracy. Agriculture, herding, tourism and the mining industry - including mining for gem diamonds, uranium, gold, silver, and base metals - form the backbone of Namibia's economy. Given the presence of the arid Namib Desert, it is one of the least densely populated countries in the world. Approximately half the population live below the international poverty line, and the nation has suffered heavily from the effects of HIV/AIDS, with 15% of the adult population infected with HIV in 2007.  - from Wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Namibia.

256_432519011_4.jpgPakistan (pop. 177,100,000) - Around 57.7% of adult Pakistanis are literate. Male literacy is 69.3%, female literacy 45.2%. Literacy rates vary by region and particularly by sex; for instance, female literacy in tribal areas is 3%. The government launched a nationwide initiative in 1998 with the aim of eradicating illiteracy and providing a basic education to all children. Through various educational reforms, by 2015 the ministry of education expects to attain 100% enrolment levels among children of primary school age and a literacy rate of 86% among people aged over 10. - from Wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pakistan.

256_489580101_4.jpgGhana - On the average, it takes about 20 years for a child to complete their education in Ghana. Children from wealthy families usually benefit from attending private schools while children who are from poor families attend public schools. Most children in Ghana begin their education at the age of three or four. They first enter nursery school which is then followed by two years in kindergarten. After kindergarten, the child then continues to primary school, junior high school, senior high school and then finally university. The average age at which a child begins first grade is 6 years. Before, there were more boys enrolled in schools than girls but with the implementation of equal rights for men and women there are about the same number of boys and girls enrolled in schools in Ghana now. However, it is still challenging for girls to reach tertiary level education due to among other factors unequal distribution of house chores between boys and girls and teenage pregnancy. - from Wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Education_in_Ghana.

256_128509680_4.jpgGuyana - Guyana's educational system is considered to be among the best in the Caribbean, but it significantly deteriorated in the 1980s because of the emigration of highly educated citizens and the lack of appropriate funding. Although the education system has recovered somewhat in the 1990s, it still does not produce the quality of educated students necessary for Guyana to modernise its workforce.[citation needed] The country lacks a critical mass of expertise in many of the disciplines and activities on which it depends. From Wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Education_in_Guyana.

Books for the World Contacts

Rev. Barbara Clemmons

PDG Charlie Clemmons

Mr. Angie Jimenez

Bob & Carol Dombroski

New York
PDG Ward Vuillemot

Nevelle Roseman

East Texas
Leon Wilhite

Colin Light

Jesus Tellez
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